“World Encores” with Mariss Jansons and Vadim Repin at the Waldbühne

23 Jun 2002
From the Berlin Waldbühne

Berliner Philharmoniker
Mariss Jansons

Vadim Repin

  • Stanisław Moniuszko
    Halka: Mazurka (5 min.)

  • Henryk Wieniawski
    Polonaise, op. 4 (5 min.)

    Vadim Repin Violine

  • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Souvenir d’un lieu cher, op. 42: Mélodie (3 min.)

    Vadim Repin Violin

  • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Valse-Scherzo in C major, op. 34 (6 min.)

    Vadim Repin Violin

  • Ruperto Chapí y Lorente
    La revoltosa: Overture (5 min.)

  • Lyun Joon Kim
    Elegy (3 min.)

  • Hans Christian Lumbye
    Champagne Galop (2 min.)

  • Yuzo Toyama
    Yugen: Dance of the Celestials (6 min.)

  • Jean Sibelius
    Valse triste, op. 44 (5 min.)

  • Edward Elgar
    The Wand of Youth, second suite: 6. Wild Bears (2 min.)

  • Richard Wagner
    Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3 (4 min.)

  • Leonard Bernstein
    Candide: Overture (5 min.)

  • Fritz Kreisler
    Tambourin Chinois (4 min.)

    Vadim Repin Violine

  • Carlos Gardel
    Por una cabeza (4 min.)

    Vadim Repin Violine, John Williams Arrangement

  • Niccolò Paganini
    Il carnevale di Venezia, op. 10 (6 min.)

    Vadim Repin violin

  • Carl Michael Ziehrer
    Wiener Bürger, op. 419 (8 min.)

  • Béla Bartók
    The Miraculous Mandarin, suite, Sz 73: Finale (3 min.)

  • Pietro Mascagni
    Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo (3 min.)

  • Antonín Dvořák
    Slavonic Dance in C major, op. 72 no. 7 (3 min.)

  • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    The Nutcracker, op. 71: Pas de deux (Intrada) (5 min.)

  • Georges Bizet
    L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2 : Farandole (4 min.)

  • Jules Massenet
    Le Cid: Aragonaise · Navarraise (4 min.)

  • Paul Lincke
    Berliner Luft (6 min.)

Strictly speaking, the annual Waldbühne Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker is itself an encore, coming as it does at the end of a ten-month season in the city’s Philharmonie, during which time the orchestra has worked its way through the great symphonic repertory. Only then is it able to step away from the classical canon at its final appearance before its summer break and spend the evening out of doors. And since the orchestra practically never performs an encore at any of its normal subscription concerts, the players decided that in 2002 they would bring together everything that might serve this purpose and present a selection of World Encores under the baton of Mariss Jansons.

They were supported in this by the Russian violinist Vadim Repin, who was making his debut with the Philharmoniker. According to the critic of the Berliner Morgenpost, his was an “entirely successful debut. With his virtuosically thrilling playing Repin remained the key player”, dazzling his audience not only with showpieces by Wieniawski and Tchaikovsky but also with Kreisler’s Tambourin chinois and Gardel’s famous tango Por una cabeza. Following Paganini’s Variations on Carnevale di Venezia, the appreciative audience refused to let him go until he had repeated the famous melody a few more times – in Germany the tune is sung to the words “Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken” – and provided what might almost be described as an encore to an encore.

As for the purely orchestral pieces, they ranged from the Expressionist scream of Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin to Sibelius’s melancholy Valse triste and to operatic excerpts by composers such as Moniuszko, Massenet and Mascagni, culminating in New Year’s favourites by Ziehrer and Lumbye. Time and again the various orchestral departments were able to show off their skills. Listen, for example, to the virtuosic drummers in the ballet music Yugen by the Japanese composer Yuzo Toyama and to the resplendent brass in the prelude to Act III of Wagner’s Lohengrin. Not for a moment was the audience bored, and at the end they all joined in a typically spirited rendition of the evening’s only genuine encore, Paul Lincke’s Berliner Luft, a piece that is now such a regular part of the Waldbühne programme as the end-of-season concert itself.

EuroArts

© 2002 EuroArts Music International

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